Local Talk

Calling all Birmingham Mumsnetters!

(34 Posts)
Mrswilcox Mon 15-Jul-13 22:56:28

Introducing your friendly new Local Editor! I'm Mrs Wilcox, I have three boys (1,3,6) and am on a mission to get this site buzzing.

Come and browse for things to do over the summer holidays, sell your old baby equipment or recommend a good plumber.

Let other parents know what you think of your child's school or nursery, and review favourite parks or child-friendly hairdressers.

Use the Talkboards as you wish. And if you have a business or are planning an event, add it to the listings page free of charge.

I'm based in South Birmingham and concede there is a certain geographical bias on the listings up so far blush so I hope lots of you will get stuck in and add your own.

I'll be organising a meet-up soon (maybe Canon Hill Park? Ikea in Wednesdbury?) so keep an eye on the Meet-Ups page for details.


BillyBollyBrum Thu 25-Jul-13 22:23:52

<waves at MrsWilcox>

I have 2 DD's - 2 & 3, and am North Brum but will keep an eye out. Was in Canon Hill Park today for ITNG so just missed your meet up!

Mrswilcox Sun 28-Jul-13 23:53:45

[waving back] Ooh, was it any good? My one year old was v excited to recognise the characters.

Was v nice to meet nidhi and we'll definitely do something again soon.

BillyBollyBrum Wed 31-Jul-13 20:13:41

It was lovely except they kept Upsy Daisy off stage until 35 mins in whilst playing the Upsy Daisy music at 5 minute intervals. There was nearly a toddler revolt grin

Well organised though and my 2 loved it.

Mrswilcox Wed 31-Jul-13 21:02:14

Ha ha!

Have been womanfully entertaining the DCs with free activities so far (bike rides, parks, baking, the excellent RAF Cosford aeroplane museum, more parks) so may be able to justify splashing out on the rather enormous cost. Am impressed they managed to keep the toddlers' attention for so long, despite young Upsy's absences.

BillyBollyBrum Thu 01-Aug-13 19:48:55

Have you tried the nature centre next door? It cost me £5, kids were free and they loved it!

Mrswilcox Thu 01-Aug-13 23:42:34

We're often there! But DS1 has a strange aversion to it confused, and gets all anti-nature (not characteristic, think we may have gone too often when he was small!). We may have to reintroduce him to it as the others would love a revisit.

tiredanddangerous Wed 07-Aug-13 07:46:54

Ooooh I'd given up looking in here because it was always deserted! Lovely to see some folk smile

I'm in south brum and have 3yo and 5yo dds. Did I miss a meet up?

Mrswilcox Wed 07-Aug-13 14:00:51

Yes you did! But please come along to the next one, next Thursday 10.30am at Cannon Hill Park.

I've got 3DSs aged 1,3 and 6, and last time met a lovely MNer with a 5 year old DD.

Whereabouts are you? I'm Bournville.

tiredanddangerous Wed 07-Aug-13 15:51:14

I'm in kings norton. We're visiting family next week so unfortunately will have to miss you again!

I'll definitely keep my eye out for future meets though. Hope you have fun smile

tiredanddangerous Wed 07-Aug-13 16:01:17

P.s I'm around week after next if you fancy doing something.

Cookiefinder Wed 07-Aug-13 22:44:24

Hi Guys,

Would be great to meet you next week. Where are you thinking of meeting in Cannon Hill? My DS is 2 years old.

Mrswilcox Fri 09-Aug-13 22:39:55

Excellent, Cookiefinder (love the name!), we'll be at the play area closest to the Mac - found the other one too far from the loos! Although be warned, there is a big old fair, the Night Garden show and an ice cream van to get past.

I plan to bring cash for an ice cream this time - I felt so mean saying no to everything when we were there this week (had measly homemade sandwiches and water, which were apparently a v poor substitute!)

Cookiefinder Sat 10-Aug-13 20:59:28

Fab - see you there!!

Mouthfulofjacketpotato Tue 13-Aug-13 20:32:49

Nice to see some activity here! Can't make Thurs but I'll keep my eye out for the next one! I have a 2 yr old and one on the way, in Sunny Stirchley!

Mrswilcox Tue 13-Aug-13 22:39:40

Am up for any suggestions for different venues. What about Rowheath for September? The cafe there does great cakes....

Mouthfulofjacketpotato Wed 14-Aug-13 12:03:58

I was just going to suggest Rowheath, nice cafe, kids play area and a pond to feed the ducks! :-)

Mrswilcox Wed 14-Aug-13 21:27:04

Rowheath it shall be. What days suit you? Wednesdays to Friday mornings suit me best....

Mrswilcox Thu 15-Aug-13 08:37:50

Hi all, the weather isn't delightful right now but is meant to get nicer after 10am, so we'll still be there (and primed to hop it to the Mac for coffee!).

tiredanddangerous Tue 20-Aug-13 13:36:21

I'd definitely be up for a rowheath meet. We're free Mondays and Fridays.

bambi78 Fri 23-Aug-13 20:46:28

hi everyone,
i moved to bournville a year ago from the other side of brum and would love to meet some other mums from around here.
i have four children, oldest son 12, 9 yo daughter and 2.5 yo twin girls.
would love to join you all for the rowheath meet with my lil two.

coco2303 Sat 24-Aug-13 15:16:25

I am in the handsworth area of birmingham and have a 6 week old little girl! Would be nice to talk to other mothers from birmingham

PyschoCandy Sat 24-Aug-13 23:27:14

Hi all. I'm in South Birmingham and love Rowheath, but won't be able to do meet ups as a) I work full time and b) my children are 16 and 18, so I'm clearly much too old - but wanted to say hello! It would be brilliant if we could get the local site used more / more useful.

For indoor meet-ups you might like Arco Lounge in Harborne, although it can be v busy and rather noisy. They do a lovely pot of Earl Grey!

Mrswilcox Sun 08-Sep-13 11:20:55

Hello All, I've been away, then slightly overwhelmed with start-of-school preparations, internet failure, and a sleep-refusing toddler....but I'm back!

Yes, will organise a Rowheath meet-up. How does 10am next Friday morning suit people.

Psycho, I had the loveliest evening in Arco Lounge recently - it's great! Who fancies a day or evening out there...

(Sorry for the odd grammer - my question mark key has just died! Need a new laptop...)

Cookiefinder Mon 09-Sep-13 20:46:29

Hello My Lovely!! Would love to meet up next Friday. A night out sounds like a great idea. Any other takers out there? I am a first time Mum and it would be lovely to meet up with other Mums in the area.

Tryingthisagain Mon 09-Sep-13 21:31:31

I might turn up too smile

Mrswilcox Mon 09-Sep-13 21:39:27

Hi Cookie! Brilliant, looking forward to seeing you on Friday, with just one small boy this time so I won't seem quite so chaotic blush.

Mrswilcox Mon 09-Sep-13 21:49:37

Blimey, we've reached two pages! Come too, Trying, it would be great to meet you.

I need to get some kind of Mumsnet scarf going. I've got dark hair and a noisy 20-month-old DS.

Mrswilcox Fri 13-Sep-13 13:02:42

Lovely to see you again Cookie, and your lovely, happy DS.

Trying, I hope we didn't miss you, and hope we get to meet you properly next time.

tiredanddangerous Sat 14-Sep-13 17:43:37

I missed a other one...Gah! I keep forgetting to pop over and check the thread. Hope you had a lovely time.

TwoAndTwoEqualsChaos Tue 22-Oct-13 11:27:32

Hi! Not sure why I've only just found this thread, as I've been knocking round the site for a few months now. Anyway, hi, I live in South Birmingham and have DCs almost 7, just 5, 2 1/2 and 4 months, so I'm rather busy ...... grin

MNBirminghamLocalEd Tue 22-Oct-13 22:42:53

Hi TwoPlusTwo, you sound very busy! I haven't organised a meet-up yet this month, so if you fancy meeting at Rowheath (or anywhere) over half term, I'd be up for it.

God, I hope the weather improves!

gailyfletch Thu 09-Jan-14 11:31:49

Hi everyone

This is my first time on here so forgive me if I am posting this in the wrong place! I have a concern about my daughters education - she started reception last September but isnt 5 until the end of May. She absolutely loves school but get very very tired and bad tempered at the end of her school day :-( I then struggle to get her to sleep before 8.30pm. In the morning its another struggle to get her dressed for school and she is one or two minutes late about once a week. This seems to be a big issue to the school and I am treated with contempt by school receptionists who have to press a button to let us in the door if we have arrived just as the classroom doors closes!

Yesterday at the school there was a lady from 'welfare' making a note of late comers and then she turned up at houses speaking to mothers about their childrens attendance and how it has to improve (the childrens non attendances were all due to illness which had been reported to the school at the time. I dont understand that if your child is not yet 5 and therefore not legally obliged to be at school how can welfare get involved? It worries me and making me feel like taking my child out of school :-(

Advice would be so appreciated.

MNBirminghamLocalEd Fri 10-Jan-14 10:45:31

Hi gaily, and welcome.

You poor thing, that sounds really stressful, and I'm sure there will be lots of other posters who can help advise you, but they may not find it here. Can you cut and paste your post into a new thread? Find it under the title Topics>>Mumsnet Local, and click on "Start a New Thread".

I would organise a meeting with the school, though, so they know your situation. I'm pretty sure they won't bend the rules about the school starting time for your daughter, but at least you will be in communication with them.

Best of luck.

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